Many of you probably are aware of my partnership with Stonyfield and my obsession with their yogurt. I recently had the opportunity to pay a visit to them in New Hampshire and meet with their lovely Communications Specialist and also their Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture. It was great to check out their Visitor’s Center where the community can come and learn more about organic farming and sample their yogurt products.
Stonyfield is celebrating 30 years of organic yogurt production this year. They truck in all of their milk from the Organic Valley Coop which is a collection of over 1,400 dairy farms to make their yogurt products. Stonyfield initially started out as a school to teach organic and sustainable farming practices and the yogurt was a way to fund this school. Over the years this has clearly grown into an organic yogurt empire that continues to press the importance of organic and sustainable farming.
So back to their Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture. I know you’re probably thinking ‘what?’ which is exactly what I said before having the chance to chat with Britt. Britt works closely to keep track of farm bill regulations, advocate for funding and runs an organic training program. We discussed a variety of things in regards to organics but one of the things most interesting to me was our discussion of the Dirty Dozen.
The Dirty Dozen is a list comprised of the 12 produce items that contain the highest levels of pesticide residue and should be a high priority to purchase the organic variety. This list is put out annually by the Environmental Working Group and contains foods such as celery, grapes and tomatoes. Here’s the full list:
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Hot Peppers
- Sweet bell peppers
I don’t know about you but I was surprised about some of these. Luckily they also put out a grouping called the Clean Fifteen which offers a list of foods that are safe when you don’t but the organic variety. I’m definitely planning to implement more organic produce into my diet and using this list as a guide.
You can visit the Stonyfield website for more information on the importance of organics including the nutritional benefits of eating organic foods. A special thanks goes out to Kristina and Britt for hosting me at the Stonyfield Visitor’s Center!